National re-elects Peter Goodfellow as party president

Peter Goodfellow has been re-elected as president of the National Party.

Goodfellow, who has served since 2009, was re-elected by the party's board on Sunday morning as its conference continues this weekend.

"Our party is the strongest when we work together as a team and reflect and represent the broad church that makes up our party membership across New Zealand," Goodfellow said in a statement.

Political commentator Lara Greaves, from the University of Auckland, says the Opposition still has a steep mountain to climb. The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll showed the party sitting on 28.7 percent. 

"They're in a bit of a downward spiral," Greaves told Newshub."They need to figure out what they're going to do and how they're going to renew the party.

"Ultimately, no matter what they do - they're coming up against a really popular Prime Minister."

While Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's popularity took a nosedive in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll, she still remained the most preferred leader on 45.5 percent. National Party leader Judith Collins (8.2pc) didn't even come second, sitting behind ACT's David Seymour (8.6pc). 

Greaves said this weekend's conference was a good opportunity to set a new trajectory for the National Party.

At the conference on Saturday, Goodfellow said "bitter lessons" had been learned after last year - where the party registered just 25.1 percent of the vote. 

Collins, in her opening address, promised the party would be united ahead of Election 2023.

"You want your caucus working together and backing each other. We have listened and we are serious," she told MPs.

"Our party has always been strongest when we all remember we are on the same team."

Collins will deliver a speech at the conference at 12:15pm on Sunday.